Celebrating Title IX’s 27th anniversary – TODAY!

Watch as seven champion athletes and undeniable Title IX beneficiaries celebrate the historic legislation’s 37th anniversary.

Here’s a few quotes I collected throughout the day:

“I was in High School when it took effect, we went from having options of gymnastics, volleyball, and track… to everything the guys had. My friends and I were on an undefeated, state champ soccer team, and now we could try out for everything else too!”

Sandy Hunt, FIFA Development Division, Referee Instructor, Match Assessor at FIFA, Pac-10 Conference Coordinator of Women’s Soccer Officiating and US Soccer (soccer)

“For me as a collegiate rower, I saw the greatest effects of Title IX in my own sport. Once Title IX was passed, universities began searching for new women’s programs to add, and rowing and lacrosse were probably two of the most non-mainstream sports that were picked up. Rowing quickly went from being a third or fourth-tier high school sport, to one at the top of the list, providing girls with an opportunity to attend Division 1 Universities on full athletic scholarships. After my own college career, I moved onto coaching and had first-hand visibility into the impact and new opportunities these high-school girls were now afforded. Just as with many women’s sports, Title IX gave the sport a voice where previously there had been silence, and I think it’s easy for everyone to celebrate that kind of advancement.”

Jill Coy – Women’s Professional Soccer Marketing Manager (rowing)

“As a college tennis player, both when I was competing and looking back now, it’s been a thrill to see the increased parity at the college level as a function of Title IX, because there’s so many more programs that can have women’s tennis. There’s no doubt in my mind that where I am today is in part due to the opportunities that Title IX created.”

Rachel Epstein, Women’s Professional Soccer Director of Marketing (tennis)

“The biggest thing I get from Title IX, is listening to a woman speak and feeling empowered by her strength.”

Jen Plante, The Atlanta Beat Director of Community Relations and Player Relations (soccer)

“Two things come to mind. I was lucky enough to be part of an event that a lot of people have attributed to the coming out party of Title IX, or the year of the American women, which was the 1996 Olympics. The American women won everything in sight in the 1996 Olympics, and those were definitely the daughters of title IX that were doing that. They blew the place apart… that’s what they did with the opportunity. But the other part of it is, I remember reading a column written by Christine Brennan talking about the macro impact of Title IX. She talked about how Title IX helps support women to develop into major positions in government, business, and more. She wrote about the impact and benefits sports will have on our country as a whole, which are just incredible. These are now, and are going to be, the daughters of Title IX.”

Mary Harvey, Women’s Professional Soccer Chief Operating Officer (soccer)

“Universally, I think Title IX has given girls and women an opportunity to reap the benefits of participating in sports that boys and men have long enjoyed. Women get to experience not only the joy and satisfaction of competing and winning, but everything it takes to get there like discipline, accountability and self confidence. Personally, even though I’m not the best athlete in the world, I’ve been able to take these attributes and relate them to other areas of my life. I think, ultimately, that’s Title IX’s greatest achievement: we’ve raised a generation of women who are able to apply the positive elements learned from sports to the world around them.”

Jalila Sparks, Women’s Professional Soccer Office Administrator/Legal Assistant (rugby)

“My life would look extremely different without the opportunities that Title IX brought about. Sports helped me to develop all of my best qualities and gave me determination and drive, opportunity and achievement. The skills I learned from sports also helped develop my confidence in the classroom and in my studies. From being a player to a coach and now working in professional women’s sports, I am very aware that Title IX has directly affected my path in life.”

“But the passing of Title IX was only the beginning of a journey. It is up to us now to continue taking advantage of the opportunities we have and to continue developing the next generation of confident young women.”

Alyse LaHue, Chicago Red Stars Operations Manager (soccer)

“While my mom was growing up, she didn’t have the opportunities to play sports that I do now. She always reminds me that I was very fortunate to have the opportunities to participate sports when I was younger, when I was in high school and even now when I’m in college.”

Grace Weitz, Women’s Professional Soccer Intern/Division 1 Intercollegiate Athlete (soccer)

“As a young female athlete, there were so many things that I couldn’t have and couldn’t do. I remember one instance very clearly to this day, when I was 12, I wanted to play baseball but I wasn’t allowed because I was a girl, and I just didn’t understand why. Now, if you go down to the little league field, it’s co-ed, there’s boys and girls playing! I also played sports in college and had one uniform that was red/white striped – that was our home & away uniform, which we washed ourselves, because we could only afford the one. It’s marvelous that my female athletes at Stonybrook just automatically assume they’ll get these things, and I think title IX is the reason for it. To take it one step further, when I was young, it wasn’t even reality that we would have a Professional women’s sports league, and I would have to say Title IX laid the foundation for the existence and success of these ventures today.”

Sue Ryan, Head Coach at Stonybrook University (soccer)


2 thoughts on “Celebrating Title IX’s 27th anniversary – TODAY!

  1. “The preliminary findings of a study of NCAA participation and scholarship data conducted by the College Sports Council (CSC) shows that in gender symmetrical sports, which have teams for both male and female athletes, women are accorded far more opportunities to compete and earn scholarships at NCAA Division 1 schools, the highest level of intercollegiate athletics.”
    “Overall in “gender symmetric” sports, there are far more scholarships available for women (32,656) than for men (20,206).”

    gee the wonders of Title IX less opportunities for men



  2. You still have football.

    Thank you Title IX and all who fought and still fight for it. Sometimes I imagine what my life would have been like without Title IX…it brings me back to the 50’s.

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